About the WATER-L Mailing List

  • WATER-L is a community announcement list for policy makers and practitioners involved in sustainable water and sanitation policy and practice. This free knowledge-sharing tool is managed and moderated by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Services. WATER-L is a peer-to-peer service meant to advance understanding of sustainable water and sanitation policy and practice by allowing subscribers to post announcements related to activities with a strong focus on these topics. WATER-L offers users a tool to better publicize and coordinate their efforts through virtual knowledge exchange.

  • Postings include international water and sanitation policy news, announcements of workshops/conferences, job listings and information on new publications and online resources. Postings also include the Water Update, a compilation of items recently posted to the Water Policy & Practice knowledgebase, which was also developed by IISD.

      The listserv is moderated by IISD, and only announcements that satisfy the following guidelines will be distributed to subscribers:
    1. All postings should be announcements appropriate for an international audience that have a connection to sustainable water and sanitation policy and/or practice: i.e. best practices, announcements or outcomes of water and sanitation-related meetings or sessions/side events, relevant job postings, publications and online resources;
    2. No press releases or postings that are commercial in nature, personal statements, news stories, polemic statements or postings intended to create discussion will be cleared for distribution to the list;
    3. Postings should include the internet address for large documents (URLs) rather than including attached files. If possible, do not send file attachments. If you must attach a file, small PDF files under 200 kb are always recommended. Any message larger than 500kb is rejected by our software.
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